Do you want to learn how to dance hip-hop? Try Body Jam, the best dance class for beginners. With movies like Step up, Honey, and Save the Last Dance, many people are becoming inspired to learn how to dance. With rising obesity rates in the country, it’s important to find an exercise that you love, which means an exercise that doesn’t feel like exercise. It has to be fun. That’s where dancing comes in, specifically the hip-hop genre. Hip-hop dancing is good because:
1. you can do it alone ( You don’t need a partner like you do with salsa, swing, or ballroom)
2. You can do it with friends! Teach the moves to your friends, and you can look like the background dancers of Brittany.
3. You can do it anywhere: in the gym’s aerobics’ room when there isn’t a class going on, in your living room, or on a basketball court.
4. You can use the moves at the club. Here, you’re actually learning a skill you can use out on the town when you go out with friends.
5. You can improvise and get creative. Hip-hop is all about just feeling the rhythm, being a creative individual, and using you body to express that creativity.
Most people are intimidated by the thought of going to a hip-hop dance class. I know I was. I went to a dance studio and signed up for a beginner’s hip-hop class. I went to the first session and the instructor paired us up in-groups of two and gave us an assignment: to make up a routine of 4 sets that uses 8 counts. Huh? I had no idea what to do. In my head, I was like, Didn’t I sign up for the beginner’s class? I was the novice in the class and everyone else was getting the moves except for me. Not only was it embarrassing, but I wasted 30 bucks because I didn’t come back to finish the rest of my classes for the month. I paid 40 dollars for 4 sessions and only made it to the first one.
Body Jam was salvific. I came in and nobody put me on the spot. The teacher taught in manageable segments and added new moves to each move we had learned. The music’s speed went with our degree of mastery. It started off slow when we needed to learn the move, and then it increased in speed when we had practiced the moves enough times. The final set for the moves incorporated the hottest, most familiar hip-hop songs. The instructors are inspiring because they are so advanced, but they make the advanced moves look easy. The latest hip-hop music is used, and it is a compilation made just for Body Jam’s choreography. The instructors all learn the same choreography and they are required to send a video of their classes in order to be certified to teach Body Jam, meaning the gods of Body Jam have to give them the okay that their dancing is up to par.
The best thing about Body Jam is that every gym I go to has the same choreography for each track so I can go to any gym and ask what track they are doing and know what to expect. They change their tracks periodically; my gym changes the track every 5-6 weeks, so individuals can master the moves but not get bored with the same routine.
Also, as far as pricing goes, taking a Body Jam class consistently really doesn’t break the bank. Body Jam is offered 3-5 times a week at gyms and I pay 20$ a month on a family plan. If I go to all the sessions, it means I am really only paying between $1.00 to $1.66 a class! That beats dance studio prices which usually start at 10$ a lesson! So don’t break the bank, but break a sweat with Body Jam!